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Monday, January 28, 2008

Vatican Follow-Up

Pope Benedict XVI, who earlier this month canceled a speaking engagement at the Rome university La Sapienza after students and faculty protested his views on science, has again shared his thoughts on science and religion, this time at a meeting sponsored by the Paris Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Sciences. "In an age when scientific developments attract and seduce with the possibilities they offer, it's more important than ever to educate our contemporaries' consciences so that science does not become the criteria for goodness," he told the group of academics, also adding that, "Man is not the fruit of chance or a bundle of convergences, determinisms, or physical and chemical reactions," and that "no science can say who man is, where he comes from, or where he is going." —Heather Wax